Dell laptop won't boot Win7 bootmgr missing

Dell Inspiron 1525 notebook (intel celer...
January 20, 2010 at 12:36:03
Specs: Windows7
Please help, I've made a big mistake, I deleted my
primary drive so now only have optical drive and my
computer won't boot now. Message appears,
BOOTMGR is missing. Can I do anything.

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January 20, 2010 at 12:40:14
What do you mean deleted? How exactly did you do that?

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January 20, 2010 at 13:14:15
A silly mistake I know, I was using partition manager

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January 20, 2010 at 13:30:18
There is tons of recovery software programs available. if you haven't re partitioned or written anything to the drive it should work. Most can be booted from cd-rom and some are free. I acidently deleted the wrong partition when in stalling windows and since i stopped right away, the recovery software worked....i don't remember which one i used so google it....don't write anything not the hd or your chances will go down.

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January 20, 2010 at 13:49:59
The data has probably not been wiped from the hard drive - just a tiny bit of the data needed to tell the computer where the data is on the partition has been changed to a different character that is interpreted by the computer to be seen as the area occupied by the partition is empty - unallocated. Usually that location info can be rebuilt.

If you didn't do anthing to harm the Primary partition other than delete it before you deleted it, you can obtain a program on the web that can undelete a partition that you can make a bootable CD with on another computer, make the CD, boot your computer with the CD, and then un-delete the partition. E.g. Search on the web for: undelete partition or un-delete partition on another computer. Try to find a free program or a cheap one you can make a bootable CD with.

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January 20, 2010 at 14:40:59
Thank you for all your help, it's much appreciated. I will try
getting some software. It's great to see there's people willing
to help, so thanks again.

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